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Old 30-11-2012, 22:41
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There's a story in this month's PC Pro (Feb) that if you use an old product key that's over 90 days old, M$ might claim it's "unsupported" and force you to buy a new key. I want to reinstall Windows but can I check if my key is still valid or not somewhere?
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Old 30-11-2012, 22:50
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This is the sort of nonsense that made me stop buying computer magazines years ago.

If this is a serious question, then the activation will either pass or fail. If it fails for some reason you just ring the freephone number provided, and if everything is above board they will provide you with an authorisation code. If the system is the same one it was originally installed on then there is no obvious reason it should fail activation.
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Old 01-12-2012, 00:21
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The month discrepancy gives this away as a blatant copy and paste job.

The OP is clearly trolling.
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Old 01-12-2012, 00:52
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The month discrepancy gives this away as a blatant copy and paste job.

The OP is clearly trolling.
Busted! (unless we just jumped forward three months!)
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Old 01-12-2012, 03:48
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Maybe he or someone is confused about the 90 day evaluation versions of Windows 8? They are now expiring or expired and a new key will be needed to continue. Yes I know he said Windows 7 but maybe the confusion is rampant?

O/P I wouldn't worry about it unless you have some evaluation version of something.
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Old 01-12-2012, 07:37
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The month discrepancy gives this away as a blatant copy and paste job.

The OP is clearly trolling.
I received a copy of Computer Shopper on Wednesday this week (28/11/2012) dated February 2013 so the cover date given by the OP is correct.
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Old 01-12-2012, 09:20
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The month discrepancy gives this away as a blatant copy and paste job.

The OP is clearly trolling.
No, I'm really not... Unless you've been living under a cave you'll know that computer magazines are always months ahead in terms of issue.

There's a letter in the PC Pro that's out now from a consumer stating that he rebuilt his machine using new components like SSD etc, called Microsoft to activate it and they told him he needed to fork out again as his copy is too old.
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:51
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There's a letter in the PC Pro that's out now from a consumer stating that he rebuilt his machine using new components like SSD etc, called Microsoft to activate it and they told him he needed to fork out again as his copy is too old.
Ah, that's not quite what you said before. The writer might be relaying his experience, but its not a general policy by Microsoft.
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:34
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There's a letter in the PC Pro that's out now from a consumer stating that he rebuilt his machine using new components like SSD etc, called Microsoft to activate it and they told him he needed to fork out again as his copy is too old.
The only scenario this would be true would be if the person had bought an OEM copy, used it on their previous machine, then wanted to "upgrade" but was essentially replacing the machine...ie new motherboard, cpu, graphics card etc.

To reiterate, its nothing to do with age, but that the person was using OEM software which is non-transferable. A normal retail copy of Windows would not present this problem but costs slightly more.

Btw, this isn't a Microsoft thing. Plenty of other companies provide OEM versions of software for system builders which have the same limitations.
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Old 01-12-2012, 14:37
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Why are you posting product keys? Isn't that likely to get you banned?
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Old 01-12-2012, 15:07
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ooh a free key, any chance of your credit card number/exp date & cvn?

its not the first key to be given away, can always remember pc format magazine printing a screen shot that showed a win 98 key which was very useful as i had to sort out a machine and didn't have a 98 key on me but the mag i'd just picked up did as the owner had lost the key and i knew he had one as i'd sorted him out before and had seen it
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Old 01-12-2012, 15:14
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ooh a free key, any chance of your credit card number/exp date & cvn?

its not the first key to be given away, can always remember pc format magazine printing a screen shot that showed a win 98 key which was very useful as i had to sort out a machine and didn't have a 98 key on me but the mag i'd just picked up did as the owner had lost the key and i knew he had one as i'd sorted him out before and had seen it
Yeah, there was someone selling a laptop on Ebay years ago and showed clearly the XP COA number, it must have been a magic COA as I used it on several different PC's that I'd knocked up and they activated everytime
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Old 01-12-2012, 15:28
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Let's hope that isn't really your key and you're just having a joke otherwise you've just allowed 5billion people have the use of your key lol

Where's the epic fail icon?



Hint: if it is your real code then ask DS to remove it now, RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!
Well if his software isn't already blocked, it soon will be...
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Old 01-12-2012, 16:40
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A google search brings this hit
Windows 7 product key - PC & Mac Hardware and Software - Digital ...

forums.digitalspy.co.uk ... Gadgets PC & Mac Hardware and Software
13 posts - 11 authors - 8 hours ago
... a while back (can't exactly remember when) - can anyone tell me if it is still valid? The key is. xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx Thanks ...

Too late now, I'm afraid, but I've reported the post
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Old 01-12-2012, 21:01
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Dammit, my fake key has been nuked. Of course, it would be deliciously ironic if I had randomly generated one of Bill Gates' genuine keys

Don't worry, I won't post any of my keys, but I can reveal that they have some dashes in them. Shhh!
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Old 01-12-2012, 21:17
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Apologies for my little troll-lol-lol. Hackers hacked into my DS account etc etc
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